CSI Forum 2017

New Delhi, India; 26 & 27 September 2017

Last week, the CSI held its 11th annual forum in New Delhi, India. The event focused on how, through sharing knowledge and experience, the private sector can capture and build on the opportunities offered by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and understand the risks of inaction.

CSI Forum 2017 - Philippe Fonta

The annual CSI Forum is the most important sustainability event for the cement industry. By rotating location in different parts of the world every year in the past decade, the CSI Forum allows our members to interact with partners and key stakeholders and also gives voice to local and regional participants. This year’s event was hosted by two of the leading India headquartered CSI members: Dalmia Bharat Cement and UltraTech Cement, in partnership with other Indian and global CSI members and the Cement Manufacturers' Association (CMA) of India. With about 100 participants from India and overseas, the event was a major platform for our stakeholders to get together and discuss issues the sector faces, notably how the sector can grow together with its partners through the SDGs.

The SDGs provide a structured framework to further enhance the work that has already been done by the cement sector, mainly through the CSI collaborative approach. Mr. Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of CSI at WBCSD reiterated that fact while highlighting how CSI members are leading the way in sustainability by seizing the opportunities that collaboration creates.

CSI Forum 2017 - René van BerkelDr. René van Berkel was our keynote speaker, not only as the Representative of the UNIDO Regional Office in India, but also an old friend of WBCSD. Dr. Berkel was lead liaison between WBCSD and the Australian business community from 1999 to 2006, at a time that also saw the creation of the CSI.

Dr. Berkel explained how the SDGs are “a bold plan” to address socio-economic, environmental and societal challenges of our time while leaving no one behind, that business leadership is crucial to this process and the UN calls upon all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges.

A few interesting figures he quoted:

  • Achieving the Global goals creates at least US$12 trillion in opportunities by 2030 and has potential to generate up to 380 million new jobs.
  • Global goals require an additional investment estimated US$2.4 trillion annually.
  • The SDGs offer a compelling growth strategy, opening up and economic prize of at least US$1 trillion by 2030 for the Indian private sector.

The consensus in the room was that the CSI is a successful collaborative sectoral initiative, an example to be followed by other sectors. The participants of the Forum stressed that it’s essential to maintain this ambition, reinforce the collaboration at sector level even more, engaging our full value chain in a life-cycle approach to identify how we can come together to unlock and amplify the contribution that the sector and its stakeholders can bring to the realization of the ambitious 2030 agenda.

CSI Forum 2017 - Mahendra SinghiCSI Forum 2017 - KK MaheshwariThe CEOs of the two hosts - Mr. KK Maheshwari, Managing Director UltraTech Cement and Mr. Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO (Cement), Dalmia Bharat Cement - both stressed the importance of the Indian cement industry’s driving thought and practice leadership in the sustainability space; that the realization of such ambitious vision is no longer limited to public and private sector, but expand to a much wide scope of requiring every Individual to become a change agent for creating a better world.

Another highlight of the event was the engaging panel on Smart Cities which addressed the need to build inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable communities and infrastructure. In the panel, Mr. Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI, stressed the need to build safe and inclusive cities to sustainably cope with the increasing urbanization whereasDr. Prem Jain, Chairman of Indian Green Building Council recommended to draw inspiration from the five elements of nature when planning the cities of the future. He mentioned that a smart city is a green, sustainable and safe city. Mr. Bernard Mathieu, Head Sustainable Development of LafargeHolcim, pointed out the need to build better cities and to provide transversal solutions to face the important displacement of population that the world will face in the near future. And Mr. Bill Sisson, Director of Sustainability of United Technologies Research Center presented the work that WBCSD is doing on cities, supporting local initiatives at global scale, promoting solutions that will help facing the challenge of the expected growth of cities.

CSI Forum 2017 - Smart Cities panel
Through open and constructive debates, breakout sessions examined and evaluated the new framework set up by the SDGs in tackling the sustainability challenges that businesses and societies must face together. Addressing inequalities, using resources in an efficient manner, integrating SDGs into reporting and frameworks for business, role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in achieving the SDGs were among the topics explored by the participants.

Mr. Philippe Fonta concluded the event by recognizing that the successful implementation of the integrated and indivisible SDGs will require collaborative efforts across all sectors of society at national, regional and local level. Building on the Forum discussions, the CSI will articulate a common vision, map the sector’s level of impact and collective contribution to the SDGs.

 

Adaptation of the article first publihsed on www.wbcsd.org

Presentations are available for download, and you can see some highlights captured in the photo album below.

 

  • RAJ 0001
  • RAJ 2098
  • RAJ 2101
  • RAJ 2105
  • RAJ 2110
  • RAJ 2116
  • RAJ 2117
  • RAJ 2123
  • RAJ 2128
  • RAJ 2133
  • RAJ 2134
  • RAJ 2158
  • RAJ 2160
  • RAJ 2167
  • RAJ 2176
  • RAJ 2183
  • RAJ 2194
  • RAJ 2201
  • RAJ 2205
  • RAJ 2244
  • RAJ 2248
  • RAJ 2253
  • RAJ 2255
  • RAJ 2266
  • RAJ 2269
  • RAJ 2274
  • RAJ 2280
  • RAJ 2282
  • RAJ 2291
  • RAJ 2296
  • RAJ 2301
  • RAJ 2310
  • RAJ 2386
  • RAJ 2387
  • RAJ 2388
  • RAJ 2391
  • RAJ 2400
  • RAJ 2418
  • RAJ 2425
  • RAJ 2438
  • RAJ 2462
  • RAJ 2471
  • RAJ 2508
  • RAJ 2516
  • RAJ 2517
  • RAJ 2518
  • RAJ 2522
  • RAJ 2523
  • RAJ 2527
  • RAJ 2550
  • RAJ 2554
  • RAJ 2555
  • RAJ 2569
  • RAJ 2576
  • RAJ 2587
  • RAJ 2605
  • RAJ 2625
  • RAJ 2628
  • RAJ 2640
  • RAJ 2653
  • RAJ 2664
  • RAJ 2696
  • RAJ 2700
  • RAJ 2701
  • RAJ 2724
  • RAJ 2759
  • RAJ 2768
  • RAJ 2775
  • RAJ 2792
  • RAJ 2879
  • RAJ 2908
  • RAJ 2966
  • RAJ 2977
  • RAJ 2979
  • RAJ 3026
  • RAJ 3035
  • RAJ 3068
  • RAJ 3069
  • RAJ 3079
  • RAJ 3091
  • RAJ 3125
  • RAJ 3143
  • RAJ 3157
  • RAJ 3158
  • RAJ 3187
  • RAJ 3189
  • RAJ 3197
  • RAJ 3199
  • RAJ 3200
  • RAJ 3204
  • RAJ 3247
  • RAJ 3270
  • RAJ 3296
  • RAJ 3299
  • RAJ 3303
  • RAJ 3306
  • RAJ 3311
  • RAJ 3315
  • RAJ 3323
  • RAJ 3345
  • RAJ 3367
  • RAJ 3398
  • RAJ 3400 (1)
  • RAJ 3412
  • RAJ 3413
  • RAJ 3431
  • RAJ 3451
  • RAJ 3485
  • RAJ 3513
  • RAJ 3529
  • RAJ 3532
  • RAJ 3533
  • RAJ 3538
  • RAJ 3542
  • RAJ 3564
  • RAJ 3600
  • RAJ 3623
  • RAJ 3633
  • RAJ 3648
  • RAJ 3654
  • RAJ 3662
  • RAJ 3668
  • RAJ 3671
  • RAJ 3685
  • RAJ 3688
  • RAJ 3693
  • RAJ 3697
  • RAJ 3699
  • RAJ 3715
  • RAJ 3719
  • RAJ 3730
  • RAJ 3734
  • RAJ 3784
  • RAJ 3798
  • RAJ 3817
  • RAJ 3831
  • RAJ 3844
  • RAJ 3854 (1)
  • RAJ 3864
  • RAJ 3872
  • RAJ 3890
  • RAJ 3894
  • RAJ 3896
  • RAJ 3899
  • RAJ 3906
  • RAJ 3908
  • RAJ 0001
  • RAJ 2098
  • RAJ 2101
  • RAJ 2105
  • RAJ 2110
  • RAJ 2116
  • RAJ 2117
  • RAJ 2123
  • RAJ 2128
  • RAJ 2133
  • RAJ 2134
  • RAJ 2158
  • RAJ 2160
  • RAJ 2167
  • RAJ 2176
  • RAJ 2183
  • RAJ 2194
  • RAJ 2201
  • RAJ 2205
  • RAJ 2244
  • RAJ 2248
  • RAJ 2253
  • RAJ 2255
  • RAJ 2266
  • RAJ 2269
  • RAJ 2274
  • RAJ 2280
  • RAJ 2282
  • RAJ 2291
  • RAJ 2296
  • RAJ 2301
  • RAJ 2310
  • RAJ 2386
  • RAJ 2387
  • RAJ 2388
  • RAJ 2391
  • RAJ 2400
  • RAJ 2418
  • RAJ 2425
  • RAJ 2438
  • RAJ 2462
  • RAJ 2471
  • RAJ 2508
  • RAJ 2516
  • RAJ 2517
  • RAJ 2518
  • RAJ 2522
  • RAJ 2523
  • RAJ 2527
  • RAJ 2550
  • RAJ 2554
  • RAJ 2555
  • RAJ 2569
  • RAJ 2576
  • RAJ 2587
  • RAJ 2605
  • RAJ 2625
  • RAJ 2628
  • RAJ 2640
  • RAJ 2653
  • RAJ 2664
  • RAJ 2696
  • RAJ 2700
  • RAJ 2701
  • RAJ 2724
  • RAJ 2759
  • RAJ 2768
  • RAJ 2775
  • RAJ 2792
  • RAJ 2879
  • RAJ 2908
  • RAJ 2966
  • RAJ 2977
  • RAJ 2979
  • RAJ 3026
  • RAJ 3035
  • RAJ 3068
  • RAJ 3069
  • RAJ 3079
  • RAJ 3091
  • RAJ 3125
  • RAJ 3143
  • RAJ 3157
  • RAJ 3158
  • RAJ 3187
  • RAJ 3189
  • RAJ 3197
  • RAJ 3199
  • RAJ 3200
  • RAJ 3204
  • RAJ 3247
  • RAJ 3270
  • RAJ 3296
  • RAJ 3299
  • RAJ 3303
  • RAJ 3306
  • RAJ 3311
  • RAJ 3315
  • RAJ 3323
  • RAJ 3345
  • RAJ 3367
  • RAJ 3398
  • RAJ 3400 (1)
  • RAJ 3412
  • RAJ 3413
  • RAJ 3431
  • RAJ 3451
  • RAJ 3485
  • RAJ 3513
  • RAJ 3529
  • RAJ 3532
  • RAJ 3533
  • RAJ 3538
  • RAJ 3542
  • RAJ 3564
  • RAJ 3600
  • RAJ 3623
  • RAJ 3633
  • RAJ 3648
  • RAJ 3654
  • RAJ 3662
  • RAJ 3668
  • RAJ 3671
  • RAJ 3685
  • RAJ 3688
  • RAJ 3693
  • RAJ 3697
  • RAJ 3699
  • RAJ 3715
  • RAJ 3719
  • RAJ 3730
  • RAJ 3734
  • RAJ 3784
  • RAJ 3798
  • RAJ 3817
  • RAJ 3831
  • RAJ 3844
  • RAJ 3854 (1)
  • RAJ 3864
  • RAJ 3872
  • RAJ 3890
  • RAJ 3894
  • RAJ 3896
  • RAJ 3899
  • RAJ 3906
  • RAJ 3908